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Memory as Burden and Liberation

Germans and their Nazi Past (1945–2010)


Anna Wolff-Poweska

This book examines both the obvious and less obvious ways in which Germans struggle with their Nazi past. It embraces only a small part of a complex problem, which is impossible for an individual author to grasp in its entirety and character. The main intention, which leads through a thick of actors, issues, institutions, events and phenomena, is a reflection upon the reasons for which German reckoning with the past turned out to be a process full of contradictions; a bumpy road rippled with political, intellectual and moral mines. This intention is accompanied by the question about the specific character of German collective memory in relation to the helplessness and moral condition of a person defending himself/herself and his/her nation in the face of unimaginable evil.
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Abendroth Wolfgang 292

Abusch Alexander 118, 119, 157, 159, 160, 327

Adam Hubertus 163, 288, 311

Adenauer Konrad 97, 102, 103, 123, 143, 170, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 182, 184, 189, 190, 191, 192, 196, 272, 286, 291, 312, 329, 347

Adorno Theodor W. 37, 79, 80

Ahlheim Klaus 239

Albrecht Clemens 273

Altrichter Helmut 47

Aly Götz 110

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